10 for 10
In the month of September we begin a three-week stewardship emphasis in our worship. The word stewardship is often seen as a dirty word—a gimmick to get people to dig deeper and “give ’til it hurts.” Nothing could be further from the truth! Instead, stewardship is a precious word that sums up the Christian life. It encourages us to be who we truly are in Christ: Precious people who have been richly blessed by a Father who knows how to give good gifts to his children!
Christians face a daily struggle. We have two paths set before us. The New Man, created within us at baptism, wants to live for Christ and the life that is to come. But our sinful nature focuses us on this life. That struggle pulls us in two directions when it comes to how we set our priorities or use our time. The struggle is especially noticeable when we wrestle with how to use the financial resources God has given us.
The Lord speaks about worldly wealth and possessions in over 2,300+ passages of Scripture. In other words, God speaks to us about worldly wealth roughly three times more often than he does about faith! Why? So that God can get to the “heart of the matter.” Money and possessions are God’s gifts to us. Sadly, human hearts often lust after these gifts and forget about the Giver.
The gift of Christ’s willing sacrifice for us is our motivation and inspiration to give back to God. May he open the hearts, minds, and hands of his people throughout this worship series!
Our worship will follow this path:
September 8: OPEN HEARTS (Firstfruits Giving)
September 15: OPEN MINDS (Proportionate Giving)
September 22: OPEN HANDS (Sacrificial Giving)